M&R Hotel Management, operator of 13 New York hotels, today announced the appointment of Kevin Chang as general manager of the 201-room, full-service Holiday Inn New York JFK Airport Area, just east of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica.
Chang, a 24-year hospitality industry veteran, joined M&R as general manager of the 128-room Holiday Inn Express New York JFK Airport Area in October 2014. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of the Holiday Inn’s management, including operations, sales, marketing, security, maintenance, housekeeping and accounting.
He also will serve as liaison with the operator of the hotel’s three-meal-a-day restaurant, Brookville Restaurant & Bar.
Prior to joining M&R, Chang was general manager of The Parc Hotel in Flushing, New York, front office director of the Petit Ermitage Hotel in West Hollywood, California, operations manager of the Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, California, assistant general manager of the La Quinta Hotel at LAX Airport in Los Angeles and general manager of the Hotel 41 at Times Square in New York.
“Kevin’s broad experience as a general manager in the hotel industry, including most recently at the Holiday Inn Express New York JFK Airport Area, makes him an excellent choice to lead the team at the Holiday Inn New York JFK Airport Area,” said Brian M. McSherry, M&R Hotel Management chief operating officer.
Chang earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at California State University, Long Beach. He holds certification in training from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and in fire safety fitness from the New York City Fire Department. He is fluent in English and Cantonese.
The Holiday Inn New York JFK Airport Area at 154-71 Brookville Blvd. conforms to the latest design and amenity standards of the Holiday Inn brand, franchised by InterContinental Hotels Group. The hotel features a flexible meeting and event space that can host groups of up to 70, a fitness center, grab-and-go lobby market, guest laundry, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the building, complimentary shuttle service to the airport and complimentary daily newspaper.
Guest rooms – a mix of king and double-double rooms – are designed in a style that is both contemporary and comfortable. Guest Link centers in each room provide access to the Internet, a port for connecting personal computers to the television and outlets for charging computers, phones and tablet devices.
The building has been engineered to minimize energy use through the use of low-wattage lighting and high-efficiency heating, cooling and ventilation units in each room.
In addition to the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, M&R operates two other hotels near JFK: the 75-room Days Inn Jamaica – JFK Airport and the 88-room Best Western JFK Airport Hotel.
M&R Hotel Management, based in Great Neck, also operates two other hotels in Queens, four hotels in Manhattan, three in Staten Island, a hotel in the Boston suburb of Braintree, Massachusetts, and a hotel on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
M&R also operates hotels under the brands of Choice Hotels International, Wyndham Hotel Group and Best Western International. Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have also certified M&R to manage selected brands.
M&R’s business plan calls for the expansion of its portfolio in the New York metropolitan area and beyond through third-party management contracts.
With more than a decade of success to its credit, M&R Hotel Management also provides consulting services in hotel site and contractor selection, feasibility analysis, permitting, financing, franchising, human resources support, sales and marketing, revenue management, food & beverage management, brand management, account and risk management audits, e-commerce, design, procurement, accounting and engineering.